Snow Block

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Snow Block
Snow Block Revision 2.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Catches fire from lava


Data value

dec: 80 hex: 50 bin: 1010000

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

No feeling in the world beats waking up on a winter morning and opening the curtains to find out that it snowed overnight. The joy of seeing the world transformed, its colours hidden below a deep, fluffy layer of white, is incomparable to any other experience.

Duncan Geere[1]

A snow block[a] is a full-sized block of snow.

Natural generation[edit]

Snow blocks generate on the ground in the ice spikes and frozen ocean biomes, and they form the walls of igloos and some snowy tundra village houses.


If mined with a Silk Touch enchanted shovel, snow blocks drop themselves; without the enchantment, snowballs are dropped instead.

Block Snow Block
Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1
Wooden 0.2
Stone 0.1
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Unlike snow layers, snow blocks will not melt from higher levels of light under normal circumstances, nor get destroyed by water.

Chest loot[edit]

Snow blocks can be found in 34.5% of snowy village house chests in stacks of 1.


Ingredients Crafting recipe


Snow Golems[edit]

Snow Golem build configuration

Snow blocks are also used to make snow golems by putting 2 snow blocks on top of another and a carved pumpkin on the top as the head. Note that the carved pumpkin has to be placed last for this to work. This can be done sideways and upside-down, as well.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Snow Block

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Snow Block snow_block

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Snow snow 80


Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.5Snow Block Revision 1.png Added snow blocks.
v1.0.5_01A shovel is now required to obtain snowballs.
Snow blocks on top of top snow cover no longer looks unusual.
v1.0.6Snow blocks now only take 4 snowballs to craft instead of 9.
Destroying snow blocks now yielded 4-6 snowballs, allowing for infinite amounts of snow blocks and snowballs as snow blocks only take 4 snowballs to make.
v1.1.1Infinite snowball glitch fixed; solid snow blocks now only drop four snowballs.
Java Edition Beta
1.8?Snow no longer generates in cold biomes.
Java Edition
?Snow now generates in cold biomes again.
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to .
1.4.212w38aSnow was given a new block breaking sound.
1.513w05aCrafting recipe for snow cover was added.
1.915w43aSnow will now generate as part of igloos.
1.1217w15aSnow can now be placed correctly on upside-down stairs.
1.1317w47aThe ID has been changed from snow to snow_block.
Renamed to Snow Block.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 80.
1.1418w43aSnow Block Revision 2.png Changed the texture of snow blocks.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Snow Block Revision 1.png Added snow blocks.
0.9.0build 1Snow blocks will now generate naturally in ice spike biomes.
0.12.1build 1Snow is now renewable, and can be used to create golems.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha blocks will now generate as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta blocks will now generate naturally in icebergs.
1.10.0beta Block Revision 2.png Changed the texture of snow blocks.
Snow blocks now generate in snowy tundra villages.
1.11.0beta blocks can be found in snowy tundra village house chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Snow Block Revision 1.png Added snow blocks.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Snow Block Revision 2.png Changed the texture of snow blocks.


Issues relating to "Snow Block" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Snow may still fall on top of snow blocks, making them look taller than they actually are.
  • When a snow block is on grass, the grass block changes to a different "snowy" texture as if a snow layer is on it.
    • However, since snow is not transparent to light, the grass will change to dirt shortly after.
  • A texture known as "fluff.png" exists in files from the survival tests onward, that resembles snow. However, this was before snow was added, so this texture went unused.

See also[edit]


  1. Known as Snow Block in Java Edition and Snow in Bedrock and Legacy Console editions.


  1. "Block of the Week: Snow" –, May 19, 2017